The late addition of “God” and “Jerusalem” to the Democratic platform was an embarrassment to democracy. It was an embarrassment first because those who voted against it were clearly in the majority. But it was foremost an embarrassment because of its cynical calculation that kowtowing to God and Jerusalem is an effective campaign strategy.
In a recent blog, I argued that religion is, very often, political and that it should not be, but often is, ignored and marginalized by Western, liberal, secular media and politicians. Religion is as politically salient as economics and morality. At about the same time, distinguished social scientist Scott Atran had the prescience to publish an article with a similar thesis and some similar points in Foreign Policy. Atran writes: